Animal Sciences

Working with animals is unlike any other job – there is such great variety in the roles you can do, from working in animal nursing, to taking care of exotic animals in a zoo.

The Animal Care team at Shuttleworth has great links with industry, ensuring that you will have every opportunity to gain the hands-on skills and experience you will need to work in practical roles, conduct scientific research or progress to supervisory or managerial posts.

Why choose us?


Animal Centre
You will need to be really dedicated, as animals will require your specialist care and attention all year round. The Animal Centre at Shuttleworth will help you build up your confidence, as you will take part in all kinds of practical activities with a wide range of species.

The centre houses a wide range of species including birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, mammals and exotic animals. The centre provides you with an innovative learning environment whilst maintaining the highest standards of animal husbandry and welfare enabling you to gain excellent practical experience.

New developments include our purpose built humidity room and a tropical biospheres which provide specialist accommodation for our tropical rainforest species. These up-to-date facilities and environments ensure that you are able to gain specialist knowledge of modern husbandry techniques.

Award-winning facilities
The Animal Centre has scooped prestigious Blue Cross awards in three categories, after competing nationally against 37 colleges from across the country. The Centre won; best overall animal unit for welfare; best bird welfare management and best amphibian and reptile management.

Student destinations

44% of our Animal Sciences and Equine students go straight into employment or an apprenticeship, while 37% go on to study at degree-level here at Bedford College or at colleges and universities such as Aberystwyth University, Harper Adams University and University of Exeter.

Source: Bedford College FE Student Destinations 2015-16

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